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Houston Police Department
News Release
Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Investigation into Fatal Shooting at 7700 Bretshire

Houston police are investigating the fatal shooting of a man that occurred at 7700 Bretshire about 10:25 p.m. on Sunday (July 10).

The victim, Michael Yates, Jr., 39, of Houston, was pronounced dead at the scene.

HPD Homicide Division Senior Police Officer L. Bailey and Officer J. Young reported:

Mr. Yates and two family friends (both males, ages 19 and 9) were fishing in Halls Bayou at the above address when the suspect walked from the train tracks into the field and approached the 19-year-old.  The two, who had attended high school together, began talking about school and soccer for about five minutes before Yates approached them and they decided it was time to leave.  As they were walking away, the suspect began following them and, for no apparent reason, produced a gun and fatally shot Yates.  At that time, Yates' friends ran.  When the 19-year-old fell, the suspect caught up to him and attempted several times to shoot him, however the gun jammed and would not fire.  The 19-year-old managed to run to a nearby residence for help and the suspect fled the scene.  The 9-year-old was not harmed.

The suspect is described only as a Hispanic male with a slim build and a long, puffy ponytail.  

Anyone with information in this case is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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